Shepard Smith: Yet again in America

Shepard Smith: Yet again in America


>>Dana: I’M DANA PERINO. HERE’S SHEP.>>Shepard: YET AGAIN IN AMERICA. YET AGAIN IN AMERICA INNOCENT FAMILIES ARE SLUMPED TO THEIR KNEES IN GRIEF LIVING AN UNIMAGINABLE WEIGHT, TO RETRIEVE THE BULLET RIDDLED BODIES OF THEIR CHILDREN. YET AGAIN IN AMERICA WE SEARCH OUR SOULS FOR ANSWERS, BEG OUR LEADERS FOR SOLUTIONS THAT THUS FAR HAVE NOT COME. BY ONE BROAD MEASURE, THE 251st MASS SHOOTING IN OUR HOMELAND THIS YEAR HAPPENED 13 HOURS AFTER THE 250th. YET AGAIN IN AMERICA. UNIQUELY AMERICAN, THIS HAPPENS WITH REGULARITY IN LARGE NUMBERS AS A PATTERN JUST HERE. NOWHERE ELSE. GRANTED, MASS SHOOTINGS LIKE THE ONES IN EL PASO AND DAYTON REPRESENT ONLY A SMALL FRACTION OF OUR NATION’S GUN VIOLENCE. IT’S ATTACKSES LIKE THESE THAT ARE MORE TRAUMATIZING PERHAPS BECAUSE AFTER THE FACT WE CAN PUT OURSELVES THERE WE CAN PICTURE OURSELVES AT A CROWDED WAL-MART, SCOOPING UP SCHOOL SUPPLIES. WE CAN RELATE TO BEING AT A BAR LATE ON A SUMMER SATURDAY, HAVING A CONVERSATION AND A LAUGH WITH FRIENDS. NOW WE KNOW WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE AND SOUNDS LIKE WHEN THE REGULAR STOPS ALONG OUR JOURNEYS DELIVER A TURNING POINT IN OUR LIVES. OR END THEM YET AGAIN IN AMERICA. SO MUCH OF THE EVERY DAY MUST-DOS ARE NOW AT LEAST OCCASIONALLY CLOUDED IN FEAR LIKE SENDING OUR KIDS TO SCHOOL. COLUMBINE, LITTLE ROCK, PEARL, PARKLAND, NEW TOWN, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, VIRGINIA TECH, FEAR OF GUN VIOLENCE. AT WORK, AT A STADIUM A MOVIE THEATER, A HOUSE OF WORSHIP, A WALMART, A BAR. AS FOR DETAILS ON 250, A YOUNG MAN COMPLAINED ONLINE ABOUT WHAT HE CALLED A HISPANIC INVASION OF TEXAS. FAMILIAR LANGUAGE. COPS SAY HE DROVE HUNDREDS OF MILES FROM HOME TO THE WALMART TO A STORE KNOWN TO ATTRACT MEXICAN FAMILIES LOOKING FOR PRODUCTS THEY CAN’T GET ALONG THE LINE. HE WAS PARTICULARLY BUSY ON THE MORNING HE CHOSE. THE SCHOOL SHOPPING AND ALL, THE PREPARING FOR KIDS FUTURES. MANIFESTO, INVASION. HE KILLED THEM. SAY POLICE, HE’S TALKING IN JAIL AND HAS NO REGRETS. YET AGAIN IN AMERICA. THEN AS THE LONG DAY AND NIGHT GOES INTO THE WEE HOURS, AS BODY STILL LAY WHERE THEY DROPPED AT THE WALMART AFTER THE BULLETS RIPPED THE LIFE FROM THEIR BODIES, 2:51, ANOTHER ANGRY YOUNG MAN PULLED THE TRIGGER ON HIS RIFLE MANY STATES AWAY. POLICE SAY NINE PEOPLE WERE DEAD, DOZENS HURT, HUNDREDS TRAUMATIZED. COPS IN DAYTON HAVE NOT EXPLAINED THE SHOOTER’S MOTIVE. THE KILLER’S FORMER CLASSMATE SAID HE WAS KICKED OUT OF SCHOOL FOR MAKING A LIST OF GIRLS HE WANTED TO KILL. ONE WOMAN THE GUNMAN CONFESSED TO HER THAT HE FANTASIZED ABOUT SLITTING HER THROAT AND TYING HER UP. OF MASS SHOOTING NUMBER 251, SHE SAYS THIS ISN’T A MYSTERY TO ME. IS THIS SHOCKING TO YOU? DEBILITATING OR UNIMAGINABLE? OR IS IT ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT HAPPENS YET AGAIN IN AMERICA? SADLY ROUTINE. AFTER ALL, THE GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL WAS JUST LAST WEEK. REMEMBER THAT? REMEMBER THE DETAILS OF THAT ONE? THEY DO IN GILROY. OR LAS VEGAS OR THE PULSE NIGHTCLUB. IS SYNAGOGUE IN PITTSBURGH, THE BAPTIST CHURCH IN TEXAS, THE BIBLE STUDY IN CHARLESTON.>>YOU REMEMBER SOMETHING OF MANY AS A CABLE NEWS VIEWER, LIKELY NOT ALL 251 JUST THIS YEAR. BUT SURVIVORS WILL TELL YOU YOU NEVER FORGET. IF YOU SAW THE KILLER UP CLOSE, SMELLED THE BLOOD WHEN IT WAS OVER. OR BURIED YOUR CHILD. YOU CAN’T FORGET EVER. EACH TIME WE HEAR KIDS CRY, PARENTS PRAY AND POLITICIANS PROMISE. THEN IT HAPPENS YET AGAIN IN AMERICA. HERE A FRIEND MOURNING THE TEACHER IN EL PASO THAT WAS BUYING CLASSROOM SUPPLIES BUT DIDN’T SURVIVE. HERE’S SISTERS HOLDING EACH OTHER IN DAYTON NEAR THE SPOT WHERE HER BROTHER DREW HIS LAST BREATH. THEY’LL REMEMBER. NOW GUN LAWS, REGULATIONS, BACKGROUND CHECKS, SOFT TARGETS, BODY ARMOR, DEATH PENALTY, MENTAL HEALTH. TIME FOR ACTION. I PROMISE. THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. WE HEAR YOU. WE HEARD YOU LAST TIME.

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